Investigation of the Effects of Restraint Design Variations on Human Responses to Impact
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Design criteria that are available for the development of personnel restraint systems are frequently based upon individual judgment or limited testing with anthropometric dummies or the precedence of existing operational equipment designs. Recent United States Air Force USAF accident investigation findings have focused attention upon the fact that the design criteria are, in some cases, not supported data that are based upon human test results. Increasing cost of equipment changes make it vital that requirements for such changes and the guidance provided for personnel protective equipment design be fully substantiated by adequate data. In view of this situation, the Aerospace Medical Research laboratory AMRL has initiated an experimental research program to investigate the influence of specific, fundamental restraint system design configuration variations on human inertial and kinematic responses to impact acceleration. There variations include the mechanical properties of harness materials, shoulder harness and lap belt attachment geometry, and restraint harness configuration.
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